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Telehealth Permanent Part of Medicare System

Health Minister Hon Greg Hunt advised the following on Friday 27th November 2020:

In particular, I’m pleased to announce that, for the long term, telehealth will become a permanent part of the Medicare system.

We have just passed 40 million telehealth consultations. They were introduced as a temporary item. But what we’re working on is ensuring that this is a permanent transformation in the Australian scheme.

There’s not been much good that’s come from COVID. One thing that has come from COVID is the fact that we have skipped a decade and jumped from 2030 to 2020 for the delivery of telehealth for all Australians. Universal, whole-of-population telehealth and it will now be permanent.

To view media release (Hon Greg Hunt) – Doorstop interview on 27th November https://waota.com.au/health-news/latest-media-statements-from-federal-and-state-government-wa/

Please check Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) website for updates regarding whether this will apply to DVA clients.